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A big congratulations to Gladys for her competition-winning photo below. We received some cracking good photos from the blitzers out there - great to see so much food passion!
Gladys is only 9, but has already been to a permablitz! Here she is with her pet chickens (they love to play chasey!) Below is her entry submission:
Hi, my name is Gladys. This photo was taken 8 months ago when I was 9 years old. The best things I have grown in the past 12 months are my chickens! Here they are, I positioned them on the tree, told them to stay for a 'family' photo. Then, I went home to convince my mum to be a photographer for once. Mum was absolutely shocked to see all my chickens were on the tree waiting for me! But you can see some of them were dozing away because of the long wait. The chicken I held in my arm is Beecky, I raised her up from a fluffy baby chick. Snowy (the white one) and Myrtle (the chocolate colored one) were given to me as the previous owners could not keep them anymore. They were not the 'friendly' type and wouldn't let you get closer than two meters. It took me a few months to win their hearts. Nowadays they want and even demand daily cuddle from me which I am always happy to give. I have learnt that chickens are very social, they like human interactions, they like massage, swinging on the swing, and listening to me singing songs to them. They fellow me around like dogs, I can even play chase game with them. I like growing things, vegetables, flowers, trees, animals, and growing them together --- the permaculture way (being to a permablitz when I was 7, that was fun! ). For the time being, I think I like to grow chickens the best, I like my chickens and hope all of you like them too!
Well done Gladys - the "Practical Self Suffiency" book is on its way!
Slightly different format but nonetheless a terrific day at the Permabee in Upwey.
This is what got done thanks to all the busy Blitzers:
* Filled up 5 1/2 cubic metres of wicking bed, put in worm farms and planted out tasty things. When they're up and running nicely, they will take all our kitchen scraps and provide a good portion of our fresh vegies. And the pumpkins climbing up the rope trellis will shade the house in Summer.
* Spread 5 cubic metres of compost and 12 bales of straw, and sowed lots of green manure. The green manure will help to build good soil, to grow perennial chicken forage, which they will help themselves to. And the lucerne sown around the patio will improve the soil and provide a cover crop for the espaliers which will eventually go in there.
We had a lovely blitz in hilly Eltham at the home of Sandra in late March. A terraced block with existing plants, water tanks, and paths was blitzed into an edible oasis thanks to the 15 permablitzers on hand.
The big project of the day was two large wicking beds dedicated to vege growing. Both over two metres long, constructing and filling them was a major task for the day. Co-Designer Paul led the construction and a workshop on what makes wicking beds so useful. A big thanks to Lena for supplying an emergency wheelbarrow!
While the wicking beds were underway, Co-Designer Erika led a sheet mulching workshop and a group of volunteers re-invigorated some of Sandra’s existing beds. In addition to preparing the soil for autumn planting, a few new paths were cut which will allow access to all plants in the bed. That will save Sandra from having to walk on her beautifully layered soil!
The group adjourned at midday for a wonderful lunch prepared by Sandra. It was splendid to sit under a grapevine on the verandah, admiring the hard work and a morning’s progress.
In the afternoon, it was back to work! Co-Designer Terry shared some knowledge about fruit tree planting - how to space the trees, prepare the soil, and care for the roots. The group planted 10 feijoa trees along follow a major path in Sandra’s garden. Even when digging holes in the tough, clay soil there were smiles to be had on a beautiful Saturday.
The end of the day brought a discussion of composting techniques and the construction of a 1 cubic metre hot compost. The compost heap was assembled in one of two compost bays also constructed on the day.
Thanks to all the fantastic volunteers who made the day! The group was really warm and collaborative, hugely productive, and everyone went home with a smile on their face! Enjoy your garden Sandra!
Click here to see a few more photos of the day.
We currently have an opening within the Permablitz Collective for an Internal Coordinator.
Please note that this is a volunteer position and that we are ideally looking for someone who can commit long-term!
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